On the fairways
Rosslare Ladies: The Tuesday, May 3, competition was won with a fantastic score of 41 points by Mary O'Shaughnessy, playing off 16 and now down to 14.
She claimed at prize-giving the real victory went to our new professional, Jamie O'Sullivan, as she had just had a lesson from him. As he would say, 'It is very simple'.
It was also a Valerie Doyle qualifier competition, so Mary O'Shaughnessy, Siobhán Redmond and Bernie Riordan will all head off for the final to Carlow for a lovely day out on August 3, as they each won their category section. We wish them luck.
Our teams are forging ahead. Congratulations to the Minor team which won against Tulfarris. It was most exciting with Pauline Cafferkey winning for the club with a fabulous putt on the 18th.
The amusing bit is, part of the competitive edge on this team comes from not beating the opponents, but two best friends on the team determined that one should be winning on an earlier hole than the other. Then she might escape having to win her match in a nerve-wracking finish. Whatever the winning formula is, keep it up girls.
Well done to team managers Eileen Doyle and Maura Foran, and team members Elizabeth Callaghan, Mairéad Esmonde, Pauline Cafferkey, Pauline Breen and Karen O'Keeffe and their caddies.
Tuesday, May 17, is for charity, and Australian spoons Scotch foursome stableford sponsored by Shoe Style International.
Monday, May 2, fourball: 1, Mary Roche (29/26), Caroline Archer (14/13), 41 points; 2, Karen O'Keeffe (26/23), Pauline Cafferkey (25/23), 40 points.
Tuesday, May 3, 18-hole singles stableford, C.S.S. 34 points, sponsored by Mount Eaton Stud: 1, Mary O'Shaughnessy (16), 41 points; 2, Siobhán Redmond (19), 34 points; gross, Susan Evans (14), 22 points (back nine); 3, Mary F. Quigley (23), 33 points; 4, Kathleen Cullimore (17), 32 points (back nine); Senior, Molly Cash (19), 32 points.
Burrow, May 3, twelve holes singles: 1, Mary Fowler (36/24), 24 points (back nine).
The singles competition on Sunday week was sponsored by Kelly's Resort Hotel and was won with a great score of 42 points.
The winner, playing off 16, was Michael Goggin. He had two steady halves of 21 points which included birdies at the first and 14th.
In second place was Robert Dix (13, Slievenamon) with 40 points, and in third position on 39 points was Michael Geraghty (12). Fourth on 39 points was Aedan Jameson (8).
Paul Murphy (1) had birdies at the seventh, eighth, ninth, 13th and 18th to win the gross on level par, and Phil Callery (6) won the veterans with 39 points. Bill Kelly presented the prizes.
On Saturday, the four-person team event was sponsored by Shane and Mairéad Browne and was won with 93 points by Jim Hennessy (17), Pat Goff (13), Patrick Hanrick (12) and Norrie Goff (20).
Second on 91 points were Michael Brennan (19), Kieran Brennan (7), Ray Roche (6) and Marianne Brennan (19), with Robin Gardner (21), Angela Murphy (9), Sheila Crosbie (13) and Vonnie O'Connor (15) third on the same score.
Fourball: 1, Rich Howlin (19) and Martin Buggy (17), 46 points; 2, Dan Cash (8) and Robin Gardner (21), 42 points; 3, Rory Deane (7) and Adrian Deane (19), 42 points.
Open singles: 1, Dale O'Sullivan (7), 41 points; 2, Ned Kinsella (18), 37 points; 3, Greg Kelleher (11), 36 points.
Fixtures: Saturday, May 14, ladies' fourball and gents' fourball; Sunday, May 15, gents' singles.
The above competitions are open to visitors paying green fees. There is an open ladies' and gents' singles every Wednesday.
These past two weeks have been busy. On Monday, April 25, 30 Seniors ventured out amid some very good scoring. Phil Flood got her week off to a great start by winning this competition and she also won the Senior prize on Thursday!
Full results: 1, Phil Flood (28), 27 points (back one); 2, Anna Sullivan (20), 27 points (back seven); 3, Pat Flanagan (31), 27 points; 4, Brenda O'Brien (34), 25 points.
On Thursday, April 28, Rosaleen's Flowers sponsored our singles stableford competition and Deirdre Colfer had yet another great win with a fantastic score of 44 points.
Results: 1, Deirdre Colfer (33), 44 points; 2, Mary Cashe (36), 36 points (back nine); gross, Ruth Kennedy (5), 30 points; 3, Theresa Kehoe (15), 36 points (back six); Senior, Phil Flood (28), 36 points; nearest the pin, Theresa Kehoe, 2m 73cm.
As is always with this competition, a raffle was held and a tidy sum of €380 was raised for Wexford Hospice Homecare. Our thanks to all who supported this very good cause.
On Tuesday, April 26, our mixed competition results were: 1, Larry Murphy and Kathleen Rossiter (17 2/3), 43; 2, Jackie Molloy and Rita Douglas (14 1/3), 44; 3, John Pitt and Mary Rice (13), 45.
On Sunday, May 1, we had two great wins on the inter-club scene, with our Minor Cup team beating Mount Wolseley and the mixed team beating New Ross.
Last Thursday, May 5, our competition was sponsored by Royston Palmer Photography and there were beautiful local scenes for prizes keenly contested for by all 77 players.
Results: 1, Mary Walsh (35), 41 points; 2, Cathríona Walsh (15), 39 points; gross, Ruth Kennedy (5), 29 points; 3, Louise Boshoff (19), 38 points; Senior, Ilo Pasdzior (21), 34 points (back nine); nine-hole, Rose Morris (16), 20 points; nearest the pin, Wendy Tiernan, 1m 54cm.
Royston will present these prizes on Thursday, May 12, at 9.30 p.m.
The closing date for the J.J. Devereux matchplay is May 18 so don't forget to post your entry in the ladies' locker room. There has been a good response so far and Breda Devoy is playing very steady these days and is well up for the challenge to retain this cup!
On Saturday the Junior academy hosted over 40 enthusiastic young people to a feast of chipping and putting, under the guidance of Liam and Darren and a number of adult and junior volunteers. This continues next Saturday and more volunteers would be much appreciated, so if you can spare an hour or two contact the Pro Shop and Liam or Darren will give you details of what is required.
Last weekend our ladies were playing in the Senior Cup and did very well on Saturday, beating New Ross and Tramore to get to the semi-final which was played on Sunday morning, but a stronger team from The Heath put them out of the final. Well done on a gallant performance over the two days.
Next Thursday's competition is singles stableford sponsored by Joyces Expert.
Monday champagne scramble sponsored by Trinity Mazda: 1, Michael Doyle, Larry Gainfort, Darren Flanagan, George Roche, 103 points; 2, Billy Boggan, Larry Byrne, John Pitt, Nicky Lacey, 98 points; 3, P.M. Murphy, B. McCann, Paddy Murphy Jnr.; customers' prize, Leo Booth, Patsy Moore, Harry Doran, Andy Culleton, 89 points. Thanks to Trinity Mazda for their sponsorship of this competition.
Tuesday's open singles was won by Michael Field on a score of 37 points. In second place was Graham Robinson with 37 points, and third was Eddie Cousins Snr. on 35 points. The gross prize was won by the ever-popular Jim Turner on 25 points, while the Seniors' prize was won by Ted Mangan on 34 points (back nine).
Wednesday's 14-hole fourball was won by the evergreen P.C. Browne and Davy Byrne on 35 points. In second place were Colm Mooney and John Simpson on 33 points.
The weekend competition was an 18-hole singles sponsored by Codd Decorators. In first place was Paul Lambert with a great score of 45 oinpts. In second place and obviously gaining form for the upcoming Pro-Am was Anthony Neville on 37 points.
Third place went to Colm Mooney on 37 points. The gross prize was won by hurler Rhys Clarke with 31 points. In fourth place was Jim Turner with 36 points, with Billy Boggan in fifth place on 35 points.
The vets.' prize was won by Michael Lacey on 33 points. Our thanks to Codd Decorators for their sponsorship for this event.
Our Provincial Towns Cup team was narrowly beaten by Coollattin on Sunday. Team managers, the two Pat Murphys, expressed their thanks to the team members who put in a great effort over the past number of weeks.
The team was Jack Sinnott, Maurice Delaney, Christy O'Gorman, Shane Jenkins, Fran Thomas, Ray Cullinane, Nicky Murphy, John Ffrench and John Hammond.
Best of luck to our J.B. Carr team which plays Courtown this week in the first leg of a two-legged county final.
This week's winner of Split the Pot was Ray Cullinane.
Our Jimmy Carroll Cup team competed in Borris last Wednesday. Unfortunately, we just missed out on qualification, despite a great score of 43 from Aidan and Liam.
The team, which battled to the end, was Aidan Colgan and Liam Mullen, Rhodes Murphy and Terry O'Toole, Declan Murphy and Jim Murphy, Donall O Murchú and Pat O'Connor, Maurice Cooper and manager Gerry Byrne.
The annual P.G.A. Tankard was played in glorious sunshine on Sunday. The conditions were the best of the year and the field responded with some great scores. Well done to Pádraig, who held off the challenge of John and Aidan.
Monday, May 2, four-person team scramble: 1, Stephen Kearns (13), John Sinnott (7), 'Buzzer' O'Brien (9), Derrick Sinnott (13), 59.8; 2, Michael O'Grady (15), Martin Quigley (11), John Devlin (18), Cormac Quigley (16), 60.
Wednesday, May 4, open singles: 1, Seán Sinnott (10), 39 points; 2, Chris Dowling (20), 36 points; 3, Paddy Dunne (18), 34 points (countback).
Saturday, May 7, open singles: 1, Niall Walsh (17), 44 points; 2, Billy Rosborough (22, Monkstown), 40 points; 3, Mark Tully (24), 39 points.
Sunday, May 8, P.G.A. Tankard: 1, Pádraig Tiernan (14), 41 points; 2, John Sinnott (7), 38 points (countback); 3, Aidan Colgan (24), 38 points.
Fixtures: Tuesday, May 10, ladies' May classic; Wednesday, May 11, open singles, also ladies' May classic; Thursday, May 12, ladies' May classic; Friday, May 13, Friday night nine-hole (tee-off 4 p.m.); Saturday, May 14, open singles; Sunday, May 15, singles stableford.
NEW ROSS SENIORS
At last it was time to dispose of the windcheaters and enjoy an almost perfect day for golf, with little or no breeze and temperatures way up on what we had recently. With the course in almost perfect condition and with the blessing of head greenkeeper, Seamus Power, we played off the yellow or forward markers and this will continue for the summer season.
Fourteen teams went out last Thursday and with placing now discontinued it was expected that scoring returns would be down somewhat on recent outings. It didn't quite turn out like that as Hughie O'Connor (17), Aidan Kent (20), Ron Goodwin (22) and Martin Burke (25) stormed to victory with a terrific score of 92 points.
Two points behind in second place on 90 points came Paddy Shannon (10), John Joe Cullen (18), Dick Cahill (19) and Tom Kent (26). Third were Tony Harford (12), Kevin Treacy (18), Aidan O'Connor (19) and Frank Boyle (21), that quartet scoring 89 points.
Nearest the pin prizes went to Dick Cahill on the ninth hole and Fr. Jim Curtis on the eleventh. We have no game this Thursday (May 12) as the Rower-Inistioge G.A.A. Classic is on, and neither have we a team game on the following Thursday (May 19) as the monthly open singles takes place that day.
In the meantime we have a large contingent heading to beautiful Coollattin Golf Club in the Garden county of Wicklow on Tuesday, May 17. The following are the teams and tee-times which must be rigidly adhered to:
10 a.m., Patsy Farrell, Mick Gannon, Tony Sexton, Les Jastrebski; 10.08 a.m., John Kennedy, Willie Whitty, Jamesie Wallace, Jamesie Murphy; 10.16 a.m., John Joe Cullen, Steve Travis, Tony Wallace, John Joe Murray; 10.24 a.m., John Browne, John F. Roche, Mick Brennan, Tom Kent; 10.32 a.m., John Shalloe, Tommy Ryan, Pat Traynor, Frank Boyle; 10.40 a.m., Paddy Shannon, Kevin Treacy, John Fitzpatrick, Billy Redmond; 10.48 a.m., Willie Byrne, Peter Goggin, Larry Shannon, Bryan Hennessy; 10.56 a.m., Jim 'Ross' Ryan, Michael Lee, Michael Somers, Tom O'Shea; 11.04 a.m., Tom Murphy, Willie Naddy, Jim 'Dublin' Ryan, Martin Burke; 11.12 a.m., Andy Ronan, Michael Long, Jim Kehoe, A.N. Other; 11.20 a.m., Bob Doyle, Fr. Jim Curtis, Tommy Grennan, A.N. Other.
The Seniors group wish to express their sincere thanks to Kathleen Daly on her retirement after long years of faithful service to New Ross Golf Club in her capacity as Secretary/Manager.
As a token of their appreciation for all her help down the years, they made a presentation to her after golf on Thursday - something which she richly deserved. Best wishes go to Kathleen from all the veterans and may you have a long and happy retirement.
NEW ROSS LADIES
Wednesday, May 4, Valerie Doyle qualifier sponsored by AIB - Category 1: 1, Mary Maher (15), 34 points; 2, Denise Bolger (17), 34 points; Category 2: 1, Marie Therese Wall (22), 38 points; 2, Joanne Hartley (28), 35 points; Category 3: 1, Carmel Fenlon (31), 38 points; 2, Mary J. Maher (31), 37 points.
Upcoming competitions: Wednesday, May 11, 3 Tees charity, 18-hole stableford (Senior); Friday, May 13, 18-hole Breast Cancer Awareness fundraiser (men and women), two-person team, greensomes (national qualifier for ladies), 1st, 2nd, gross, 3rd. Don't forget to wear your pink!; Wednesday, May 18, P.G.A. Pro-Am qualifer (1st and 2nd), 18-hole stableford; Wednesday, May 25, Captain's prize to the ladies, 18-hole stroke (medal and gross) - be sure to have your three competition cards in!
Congratulations to the Challenge Cup team which had a strong win over Carrick-on-Suir on Tuesday. They will meet Wexford in the next round.
New Ross Golf Club hosted a very successful Mid Leinster Ladies' Senior Cup over the weekend, showcasing the best of ladies' golf in the district. Wexford beat New Ross in the first round which put New Ross into the Marie Croke Cup qualifier on Saturday where they beat Castlecomer.
New Ross then went on to beat a hotly-fancied Tullamore team on Sunday morning to get a place in the final on Sunday afternoon against Rosslare, and they had a good battle to secure the Marie Croke Cup.
Our team was Mary Kavanagh, Liz Bennett, Geraldine Mackey, Mary O'Leary and Kate Mackey with substitutes Maria Burford and Mary Maher. Kilkenny beat The Heath in the Senior Cup final, winning on the 20th hole in a close-fought competition.
Lady Captain Mary J. Maher thanked all involved in organising the event. The I.L.G.U. were also highly commended on their running of the event.
April 30, open singles: 1, Alan Harrington (4), 38 points; 2, Maurice Mahon (23), 36 points; gross, Stephen McCarthy (2, Waterford Castle), 33 points; 3, Adrian Dunne (8), 35 points.
May 1 and 2, open four-person scramble: 1, Austin Brownrigg (13), Mick Kenny (16), Damien Maher (19), Pat Bolger (19), 57.3; 2, Ned Lyons (11, Killerig), Aidan Lyons (7), Jack Doyle (10, Killerig), Seánie Holmes (9, Killerig), 57.3; 3, Luke Byrne (5, Blainroe), Chris Sheehy (6, Blainroe), Pat Sheehy (27, Blainroe), Don Doyle (14, Blainroe), 58.8.
May 1 and 3, Scotch foursomes Darren Clarke Foundation: 1, Linda Byrne and Imelda Redmond, 69 nett; 2, Bríd St. Ledger and Joanne Kenny, 69.4 nett; gross, Linda Byrne and Terri Byrne, 83 gross; 3, Fiona Bodels and Lisa O'Leary, 73.4 nett.